HAMPTON HOME BREAD TRAY Turn serving bread into an elegant celebration with this classically simple white tray unadorned except for an elegantly beaded edge. It's long, slender oval shape allows it to fit nicely down the center of a table that can be decorated with candles and florals for a beautiful centerpiece. Made of stoneware fired at high temperatures to increase durability. Oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. 19¾ x 6½ x 1" Item: 93473 $12.00

Kitchen renovation is now in fashion. Kitchen is the place in the house where comfort is created and, often, served on plates. Some would say that the kitchen is the heart of their house. What we are certain of is that a kitchen that is fully functional is a kitchen that turns cooking time into fun time. The question we shall attempt to answer in today’s article is when it is time to renovate a kitchen? In order to do that, let us consider several scenarios.

Sweet goat’s cheese croquettes | “Chef Julie Taylor showcases the bountiful local produce from the Bellarine Peninsula at the Elkhorn Road House. A fixture on Julie's seasonal menu is locally made Drysdale cheese - served here in the form of sweet croquettes. The cheese is created by former pharmacist turned goat’s cheese maker, Corinne Blackett.” Rachel Khoo, Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook Melbourne

Name: Bo Sundius and Hisako Ichiki, Architect and Artist, Bunch Design, and Issei Sundius (2)Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 1,200 square feet (600 downstairs, 600 upstairs) Years lived in: 3 years What do you get when two architects marry and buy a house together? A completely different floor plan, a concrete wall in the powder room, a closet turned into a built-in daybed, green kitchen cabinetry, and the coolest baby room, with contemporary artwork serving as a backdrop to the crib.

Jennifer's Rustic & Refined Ranch House: "An antique work bench-turned-kitchen island" is the perfect workspace and serves as a breakfast bar, thanks to CB2 aluminum stools.

A handy tip-out bin keeps potting soil at the ready in this backyard potting shed. | Photo: Mark Lohman | thisoldhouse.com

"You can never have too many trays. I use trays to anchor accessories on my dressing table, bowls of fruit and condiments on the kitchen counter, or on coffee tables for flowers and books. They add a subtle but grounding layer and help frame items around the house. Trays turn the everyday into an intentional collection."

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